The Christian Century

Founded on January 4, 1900, The Christian Century is a biweekly magazine published by The Christian Century. Its subject is religion. The Rev. John M. Buchanan is Editor and Publisher and David Heim is Executive Editor.

Articles from Vol. 129, No. 4, February 22

Answering Yes
AS I APPROACHED the date for my retirement from pastoral ministry, the question of vocation kept coming up. People wanted to know how my journey had begun. I confess that I've had a lifelong aversion to declaring that God had called me to be a minister....
Breakaway Presbyterians Launch New Church Body
Conservative Presbyterians have formed an alternative to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which they say is too consumed by internal conflicts and bureaucracy to nurture healthy congregations. The movement toward a "new Reformed body," made official...
Carnage
Carnage Directed by Roman Polanski Starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet Carnage plays out entirely in a New York City apartment, where two couples are trying to deal with a playground incident involving their...
Cell Groups: Inmates and Seminarians Study Together
THE CLASS on spiritual autobiography was examining the inside cover of a narrative written by a former slave, Olaudah Equiano, in the 18th century. One of the students, Garcia Burnette, noticed that the page included a regal portrait of Equiano holding...
Desecration of the Dead Defies Religious Teachings
The outrage over a video allegedly showing U.S. marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters provided Americans with a disturbing reminder that war can reduce men to revenge-seeking brutality that defies human norms. It's nothing new: the desecration...
Documentary on Gay Bishop Featured at Sundance
IT'S BEEN YEARS since the incident, but Bishop V. Gene Robinson's heart still races when he sees it on film. Robinson, the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, was preaching in London when a man in the audience stood and began yelling at him....
Faithful Reinvention
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Scott Kershner studied at Yale Divinity School and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He recently left a pastorate in East Flatbush in Brooklyn to serve as pastor at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center...
Family Affair: How Faith Is Formed
RICH MELHEIM was pastor of several Lutheran churches in Minnesota before starting Faith Inkubators, which produces materials designed to make the home the primary incubator of faith. He has written and produced books, songs and plays for children and...
Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists Rebut Santorum: 'Equality' Is Their Concept, Too
Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus are accusing Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum of bigotry and ignorance after he said that equality is solely a Judeo-Christian concept. "Where do you think the concept of equality comes from?" Santorum said...
Horror and Empathy: My Response to a Gory Passion Play
A COUPLE YEARS ago I bought tickets to The Thorn, a modern Passion play. It was being performed at the Seacoast Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. I drove there from my home in North Carolina on Good Friday. It was curiosity more than piety...
Is 'Compassionate Conservatism' Obsolete?
The GOP primary candidates competing for the affections of Republican voters have plenty of labels with which to tar each other: Influence peddler. Failed politician. Cayman Islands account holder. Aspiring polygamist. But perhaps the worst smear they...
Muslims and Barnabas
As churches grow outside the traditional Christian heartlands in the West, they have to deal not only with new questions about practice and belief but with issues that hark back to the very earliest stages of the faith, such as: Which texts belong...
Pretending the Bible: A Children's Ministry of Play
YEARS AGO MEMBERS of our children's church school went to visit the local synagogue. The children walked in quietly and respectfully, but when the rabbi invited them to look at the stone-studded ark containing the Torah scroll, they lost all reserve....
Reasonable Exception
The U.S. Catholic bishops have been assailing the Obama administration for a new rule--starting in 2013--that will require Catholic hospitals and universities to pay for contraceptives as part of their employees' and students' health insurance plans....
Recalling U.S. Missionary Beginnings
When America's first ordained reign missionaries sailed from Massachusetts toward India 200 years ago, they launched a movement to spread the faith and created America's most potent export: Christianity. That message reverberated through nine "Judson...
Reflections on the Lectionary
Sunday, February 26 Mark 1:9-15 I'VE BEEN TRYING to imagine how Jesus felt right after his baptism. The heavens were torn open, the Spirit of God alighted on him in the form of a dove, and that voice from heaven declared, "You are my Son, the...
Stem Cell Results Labeled Meager, Immoral
A SOUTHERN BAPTIST seminary president has termed findings that embryonic stem cell treatments might have improved the vision of two blind patients "downright ominous." Might is the key word, said Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological...
The Amazon Loophole: States Seek to Collect Online Sales Tax
FOR SEVERAL YEARS, the CENTURY participated in Amazon.com's affiliate program. By directing readers to the online retailer to buy copies of the books and music we review, we brought in a little extra revenue. But recently we've removed the Amazon links...
The Memory of God
THE MEMORY OF KINGS and heroes, of nations, tribes and cities, has always seemed worth preserving: "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you." But it is the fate...
We Need to Talk about Kevin
We Need to Talk About Kevin Directed by Lynne Ramsay Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Hiller The primary reason to immerse yourself in the jagged world of We Need to Talk About Kevin is the towering lead performance by Tilda...
Author Advanced search

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.